About Us


Asian American Scholar Forum (AASF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promoting academic belonging, openness, freedom, and equality for all.


The Asian American Scholar Forum (AASF) is guided by its commitment to the following values:

  • Embracing inclusivity, diversity, belonging and equality
  • Promoting academic freedom, open science, and a healthy intellectual environment
  • Advocating justice and fairness
  • Empowering truth-seeking, communication, and mutual understanding
  • Advancing the public good to humanity

2022 Top 5

  • Successfully advocated with the Biden administration for the end of the Justice Department’s “China Initiative” and on individual cases impacting scientists
  • Prevented the inclusion of a harmful amendment in the CHIPS PLUS legislation and in the National Defense Authorization Act & led recommendations to the White House on disclosure requirements within the Asian American and civil rights advocacy community 
  • Released “Caught in the Crossfire: Fears of Chinese-American Scientists,” with data showing a growing number of Chinese-descent scientists have left or are leaving the U.S. and avoiding federal grant application, due to fears and an unwelcoming environment in the U.S and raising awareness that such developments would harm the long-term interests of the United States. (Our report was featured prominently in the Wall Street Journal.) 
  • Co-hosted 15 webinars with over 31, 500 attendees to educate the community of topics ranging from individual civil rights to the implications of federal policies 
  • Established partnership with NYU Law’s US-Asia Institute to further legal research on how and why Asian American scientists, academics, and scholars are being targeted